The Utah Jazz deployed a radical and unusual defensive strategy against James Harden that backfired.
The Jazz gave Harden open drives to his right, keeping one defender on his hip, trying to corral Harden to center Rudy Gobert. The Milwaukee Bucks effectively deployed this strategy against Harden this season.
Harden, however, shredded the defense, exposing some flaws in the Jazz’s system.
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How unstoppable is James Harden? The Utah Jazz tried to slow him down by only letting him score in one way. Unfortunately, for the Jazz, it didn’t work.
The Houston Rockets beat the Jazz in Game 1 of the playoffs on Sunday. One big takeaway from the matchup was that the Jazz will need to find a new way to guard Harden.
Harden had a modest game by his standards, with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists, but it was the way he shredded the Jazz’s radical defensive strategy that ought to concern Utah.
The Jazz borrowed a defensive strategy a few other teams have used this season: giving Harden open drives to the right.
The logic is multi-faceted. The Rockets try to score on shots at the rim or on three-pointers, with nothing in between. Their offense is based …read more
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